While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While not every event is out of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life.
Thursday, March 25
Thin Line Fest — A Virtual Pop-up Experience
Thin Line Fest, the biggest documentary film festival in Texas, returns virtual pop-up style. The festival will feature world-class cinema and music delivered directly to viewers, including 27 features, 44 shorts, and 17 musical performers, all livestreaming for free. Going on through Sunday, the fest’s virtual platform offers attendees the chance to mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and other attendees in virtual venues between screenings and performances.
Road to the Horse
Road to the Horse challenges the world’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untrained 3-year-old American Quarter Horse across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection to the final obstacle challenge. Road to the Horse, taking place at Cowtown Coliseum through Sunday, features a $100,000 purse and competitors battle for horsemanship’s most coveted title.
Texas Ballet Theater presents "The Poetry of Expression: Part I"
Texas Ballet Theater will present new works created specifically for a digital format in its first all-digital mixed repertoire production. The production features The Story of You by Carl Coomer, in which viewers can follow the dancers on a journey of self-discovery and expression, through the concrete and the abstract; and VREC by Riley Moyano, in which viewers can take an adventure through dimensions, experiencing different sites and styles of dance. The production will be available to stream through April 9.
Casa Mañana presents Greater Tuna
For more than 30 years, the denizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in the great state of Texas, have been making audiences laugh and cry in this hilarious comedy of small town morals and more. The play features favorite Tuna characters like Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Didi Snavely, the whole Bumiller family, Aunt Pearl, and everyone’s favorite neighbor, Vera Carp. This show, produced by Wishing Star Productions, will run at Casa Mañana through April 4.
Friday, March 26
Magnolia at the Modern: The Human Voice and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Magnolia at the Modern will present a double feature of The Human Voice, a short film that is Pedro Almodóvar’s English-language debut; and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a newly remastered version of Almodóvar’s 1988 international breakthrough. The Human Voice is an adaptation of the Jean Cocteau stage play in which Tilda Swinton’s bracing lead performance make the 30-minute short feel as emotionally fulfilling as any feature film. There will be five screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Saturday, March 27
Fort Worth Botanic Garden presents Spring Japanese Festival
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Spring Japanese Festival celebrates the Year of the Ox. The family-friendly event, supported by the Fort Worth Japanese Society, will feature traditional Japanese performances, food, and more in the garden. The festival will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Fort Worth Art Dealers Association presents Spring Gallery Night
Twice a year, the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association invites the community to take in the visual arts and the community’s unique cultural richness during Gallery Night. Most participants are open from 12-9 pm. Visitors can take a stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants, and enjoy the many artists featured during this community event. This year’s Fort Worth Spring Gallery Night kicks off Spring Gallery Week. To encourage smaller crowds and visitor safety, visitors are invited to explore participating venues from March 27-April 3.
DNAWORKS presents Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse
Fort Worth’s arts and service organization DNAWORKS will present a bike and car tour to four of the sites associated with the December 11, 1921 lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse. The tour, which starts in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, is supported by an augmented reality app that allows participants to identify the sites associated with the lynching of Mr. Rouse, and features creative responses by local and national artists who share their perspectives on the sites through music, dance, poetry, and visual arts. Bike tours will take place on Saturdays and car tours will take place on Sundays through May 2.
Monster Jam fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship, with each skilled Monster Jam athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge, and Racing competitions. The all-star truck lineup at AT&T Stadium on Saturday and Sunday marks the first time in regular competition that the three Anderson siblings will battle against each other in the same Monster Jam event.
Casting Crowns in concert
Christian rock band Casting Crowns has been at the top of the Christian music scene for the past 20 years. Each of their eight studio albums, including 2018's Only Jesus, made it to at least No. 2 on the Billboard Christian charts, and six of the eight made the top 10 on the Billboard 200. They'll play a special outdoor concert in the parking lot outside of Globe Life Field in Arlington.